Friday, October 27, 2006

In response to : lokipan's Xanga Site - 10/23/2006 1:06:23 PM

lokipan's Xanga Site - 10/23/2006 1:06:23 PM

So I feel that I must respond a bit... and since Xanga won't let off-of-site comments.. I'll put them here on mine (which does allow off-of-site comments, so feel free to comment)

First, even though I seldom practice what I preach -mainly due to my own self-consciousness, or laziness- I feel change is important. And I wish you the best in your future endeavor to move to new locales. I also have found "home" to be very beneficial, and in my experience, only good things arrive from being closer to your "home". So, I wish you the best in that. I really do.

I must say though... I do resent your claim that I have "grown up". I have in no way, "given up" on table top gaming.. I play whenever I am able, though, much to my dismay, those times are few and far between. My gaming group is spread across half the state of PA, so our efforts to get together fall short often. However; we do game, and try to get together at least once per month. A task that requires several people to drive over 3 hours to get together, yet we do it out of our friendship and desire to game together. Several of us in this group have made similar pledges at one time in our lives, to continue gaming with each other until we are old and grey (and I have known these guys since high school, and in one case, my whole life). Much like you said yourself.. you do not want to let gaming slip do to "being an adult"... you are not alone in that. But I think the problem is you seem to feel being an adult excludes gaming... where, in my experience it has made it better. It may not be as easy... but I have found it much more fulfilling...there is very little about this hobby that is "child-like"... it requires you to put yourself in the shoes of another person, in another world.. a task that mentally, can be very hard to do.. but the more you commit to it, the far grander it is.

My decision to leave Columbus was made difficult for one reason and one reason alone... gaming with you guys. The problem was that there was nothing else... nothing at all. Gaming is a wonderful thing, it has brought (and will continue to bring) much joy and fulfillment to my life. I will never let it go. and anyone who lives in a room full of Star Wars figures can hardly be considered grown up...

5 comments:

lokipan said...

Let me start off by saying that its really good to hear from you again, Karl. I have had waaaay too many friends of mine drift off into obscurity and I have been worryied that the same would happen with you.

My comment about you "growing up" was more of way of saying that you had moved on with your life and left the Columbus area. I had unfairly lumped you in with both Melissa and Brandon, who have given up the hobby in lieu of more "real-life" pursuits, and for that I apologize. I had considered while writing that blog to distinguish a difference between your situation and theirs but unfortunately, I didnt. I have always appreciated your dedication to your "fae seeming" so to speak and I will always miss your contibutions to our gaming group as your absence is still so painfully obvious. Jerrin Ambriel lives!!
I am glad that your decision to move has been one that you are happy with. I questioned it at first, prehaps selfishly but I now know too well how you must have felt when you decided to move.

Pondrepof said...

Great to hear from you too Chris. I too know what it is like to have friends drift away, pretty much all of my collegiate friends have fadedd away.. so I make efforts to keep that from happening...

oh and it's Jarryn, not Jerrin. :P and of course he is alive... you can't kill Jarryn Ambriel!

lokipan said...

Ha ha. I almost spelled it Jerryn. I have his write up as a Demon Prince written up if you should ever want to see it...

Pondrepof said...

I would enjoy reading that sometime...

Oh, and it's JARRYN, not Jerryn... Sheesh! :P

lokipan said...

One name, so many mis-spellings...ha